I HAVE WATCHED 18 EPISODES IN THE LAST WEEK
I literally watch this show until I blackout and can no longer comprehend what is going on the episode
It is on netflix
Ok so I had an interesting conversation with my roomie (adding her here) about this show. She is in the process of watching HOMELAND from the beginning (of which I am a die-hard fan). We were laughing at how the digital age allows us to binge watch series we missed out on originally for one reason or another.
Anyway -- she said that her enjoyment of HOMELAND is clouded because she kind of hates all of the characters (which I have read other reviewers comment on in the past). She of course enjoys it, and is now addicted, but she spends a lot of time while watching being frustrated by all of the characters (except Saul). With her, WEST WING is much more enjoyable because she adores each person in the plot.
I've been chewing on this a bit.
Oooh I like that idea of "no actual enemy." I've also really been enjoying A) the fact that I don't remember any of the US Government facts I learned in 6th grade, and B) seeing "real-life" examples of what I do remember coming into play. Also, I really love how, in some ways, the biggest/only enemy of this political team is, well, politics.
Just finished S1E19 "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" which felt like a great season cap episode (I was thrilled to realize there are 3 more episodes in Season 1) that really brings to light that idea of getting in your own way for the sake of politics.
Admittedly, I think some of why I love all the characters has to do with the fact that nothing is precious between them/about them (much like MODERN FAMILY). Stereotypes or potential for stereotypes (black, Jew, woman, inter-office love, ex-fling, etc) are everywhere, but they are all processed through this incredibly cutting, but kind, banter. The attitude towards everything is sarcastic, flippant, and snarky -- making everything a non-issue (in a good way!), at least to this snarky, flippant, sarcastic viewer.
It is also incredibly cool to see how decisions are made throughout the plot line -- tremendous amounts of trust between teammates in a way that is VERY foreign to me.
You both hit the nail on the head. The pacing and snark keep you coming back for more. The dialogue makes you feel like you are learning something about the world when it is really just fiction as well - much like a John Grisham novel. I own the box set (watched it twice plus revisiting certain shows) plus I have it on in the background when I work at home since it is on Netflix. I find that the pace keeps me energized and becomes incredibly addictive.
Glen, I can totally understand how this was the case -- I even now sometimes feel: if only Obama could seize the day and "Let Obama Be Obama" just as Barlet does at the end of S1 (I'm only a few into S2 -- SOB).
Intrigued by Ian's fluctuating support and doubt about S2. Curious if that is just growing pains of the sophomore effort.
Ver, I'm going to pay more attention to the music now (it hasn't overly stood out to me until your note on it) -- curious if Sorkin would have been able to ever let anything but Jurassic Park cheese be attached to his show. I think of him as the king of hyperbole and over-the-top.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch